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Cat Ballou (1965)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance, Western | 24 June 1965 (USA)
A woman seeking revenge for her murdered father hires a famous gunman, but he's very different from what she expects.

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Shelleen / Strawn
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Jed
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Shouter / Sunrise Kid (as Nat King Cole)
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Sheriff Cardigan
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Sheriff Maledon
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Storyline

Cat(herine) Ballou's family farm is being threatened by the Rail Road. She sends for Kid Shelleen, finding him to be the drunkest gunfighter in the west. When her father is killed by the rail road magnate's gunman, she vows to fight on. Shelleen manages to ride sideways in several scenes, while minstrels sing the ballad of Cat Ballou in between scenes. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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A gen-u-ine movie first! A way-out whopper! A funny movie? YOU BET IT IS...! See more »


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24 June 1965 (USA)  »

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Cat Ballou - Hängen sollst du in Wyoming  »

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Trivia

The film's horse trainer told Elliot Silverstein that the scene where a horse leans against a wall with its front legs crossed could not be shot because horses don't cross their legs, then that it might be possible if he had a couple of days. Silverstein invoked his rank as director and gave him an hour. The trainer plied the horse with sugar cubes while repeatedly pushing its leg into position, and they were able to get the shot. See more »

Goofs

As the gang has robbed the safe at the train and are ready to jump, they aren't holding anything in their hands as they start jumping off. In the next scene however, as they land on the ground they are holding money sacks from the train. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Professor Sam The ShadeThe Sunrise Kid: [singing] Well now friends just lend an ear for you're now about to hear the Ballad of Cat Ballou.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits are shown on the pages of a large book; an uncredited pair of hands turn the pages in time with the music. See more »


Soundtracks

The Ballad of Cat Ballou
(uncredited)
Written by Mack David and Jerry Livingston
Performed by Stubby Kaye & Nat 'King' Cole
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Hilarious
23 July 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film is a hilarious spoof of most of the serious oaters. Lee Marvin, who plays TWO roles, won Best Actor for this film and deserved it! This was before Jane Fonda became Hanoi Jane and I liked her back then. The plot is an oater standard - revenge for the relative (Jane's father) who'd been murdered. She hires a famous gunslinger (Marvin) to fight another gunslinger (also Marvin). This is a classic comedy and I think anyone would enjoy it!


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